Persons with two previous convictions for driving while intoxicated on their criminal record may face a 3rd Degree Felony criminal classification for DWI if arrested for drunk driving a third time. This a serious allegation which could cost you your freedom, and drastically change the course of your life.
If you need to talk to an attorney in Galveston about a felony DWI charge you’re facing, contact my office at 409-765-5614. I’m Amber Spurlock; Galveston DWI Defender.
3rd Offense DWI Cases: Fight The Charge!
In my experience as a DWI lawyer in Galveston, I’ve found that the reason people are faced with a 3rd DWI case is because they failed to fight the previous two offenses, had poor legal representation, or accepted a plea deal.
Such options will not serve you well when facing a third drunk driving charge in Galveston. The stakes are raised on 3-time DWI offenders as the defendant will face, not misdemeanor charges, but a felony charge which could result in prison time.
With an experienced DWI defense lawyer like Amber Spurlock on your side, and depending on the period of time since your last offense, you may qualify for a criminal charge reduction to that of a State Jail Felony or Class A Misdemeanor.
Criminal Penalties for 3rd Offense DWI
If convicted and assessed penalties under 3rd Degree Felony guidelines, criminal penalties include a prison sentence which can last from 2 to 10 years, a fine assessment of up to 10,000.00, and a mandatory Texas Driver License suspension period which can last from 6 months (180 days) to 2 years.
Life Sentences for Habitual DWI Offenders are Common
It’s not uncommon to see a habitual DWI offender sentenced to life in prison. Ray Middleton & Bobby Gene Martin are perfect examples of cases involving life sentences for people habitually arrested & convicted for DWI in Texas. With the severity of the sentence you would think someone was killed as a result of their actions, which no one did.
Facing Felony DWI Charges in Galveston?
Contact Amber Spurlock for a Free Case Evaluation
Don’t give up hope on your case. Our DWI defense team knows how to effectively challenge evidence, humanize a defendant in the face of jurors, and more importantly, how to win.
If you’re interested in having a meeting to discuss your options, and learn more about how we think it’s best to approach your case, call our office today. Our phone number is 409-765-5614.